Prasarana to spend RM2.8bil to improve train, bus services

Prasarana Malaysia Bhd will spend a total of RM2.8 billion to upgrade rail and bus services, including replacing infrastructure and increasing the number of trains and buses.

Union Chairman and President Azharuddin Mat Sah said that the grant from the Ministry of Finance and Transport includes all public transport services under the management of Prasarana following the high demand for its services. , especially among the people living in the Klang Valley. “If it is necessary to improve, we will replace the equipment as soon as possible, and increase the number of trains that are not enough at this time,” he said in “Jendela Fikir: Membina Pengangkutan Public Bersama” which is broadcast by Bernama.

Azharuddin said that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the global supply chain and Prasarana is no exception. He said the train replacement equipment needed on the Kelana Jaya LRT line, which often has service interruptions, was also affected due to the timing of dispatching the law enforcement officer.

“Right now, the problem we are facing is that services need to be upgraded and delivered quickly. “Our train replacement system was not able to be delivered early last year at the agreed time of August 2022, but it will not arrive until May,” he said.

Azharuddin said the 25-year-old LRT project should have been properly maintained in the last three to four years, but only the Ampang line has been upgraded and not the Kelana Jaya line. “I agree that there have been weaknesses in the maintenance aspect of the Kelana Jaya line in the past three or four years, but I have received permission from the office and the Ministry of Finance to upgrade the route as soon as possible,” he said. . said.

He said that Prasarana has tried to increase the number of passengers traveling on public transport as it has not yet reached the level before the epidemic. Last year, the daily average was 720,000 passengers, with 520,000 using train services and 200,000 using bus services.

“The number of daily commuters before the epidemic was about 1.2 million. He said, “With the improvements that are being made now, both for the train and bus services, we expect to increase the number of passengers to what it was before the epidemic.”

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